Combatting the Epidemic of Bullying with “Rebecca’s Law”: Florida attorneys attempt to raise the bar on bullying

Posted by Maria Mangicaro ISEPP Volunteer mangicaro829@aol.com TAMPA FL:  Earlier this week, the law firm of Morgan & Morgan sent out a PR announcing today’s press conference as they move forward with “Rebecca’s Law” Anti-Bullying Legislation. (SB 548: Bullying by Senator David Simmons and HB 451: Bullying by Represenative Heather Dawes Fitzenhagen) Increasing bullying and school violence has become a focus…

HOPE For the BAY Film and Art Festival tackles high suicide rate, bullying, cyberbullying and depression among students

Posted by Maria Mangicaro mangicaro829@aol.com TAMPA BAY, FL:  Almost one  year ago, 12-year-old Miguel Rodriquez ended his young life in his own home.   Miquel, a 7th grade student at Florida’s West Hernando Middle School, suffered brutal bullying from schoolmates that his mother acted upon and documented.   According to his family, it was not unusual…

Combating Psychiatric Boredom and Remembering our Mental Health Patients during the Holiday Season

Posted by Maria Mangicaro, ISEPP Volunteer Throughout the seasonal shopping frenzy and holiday festivities, many of us take part in charitable giving and volunteerism. Although not often thought of, our mental health patients are among those who are typically in need of holiday cheer and charitable donations.   Many are spending the holidays in very uncomfortable…

Vampire Bat Pills as Habit Forming

By Karen Henninger Creative Artist of Life Visual Artist and Visual Writer Women Studies Independent Scholar and Community Education Specialist Violence Prevention Activist Cultural Environmentalist Consultant Media Literacist   The limited cultural understandings and beliefs of our past can be discovered in many of our old movies. Comparisons to present beliefs can be established when…

ISEPP 2013 Conference Presenter Dr. Joan Rosenberg on Bullying and “Mean Girls, Meaner Women”

Posted by Maria Mangicaro Joan I. Rosenberg, PhD will be presenting at ISEPP’s 2013 mental health conference. Dr. Rosenberg is the creator of Emotional Mastery™, the only systemized emotional training and conditioning approach that teaches lay persons and mental health clinicians how to foster unwavering emotional strength, self confidence and self-esteem The focus of her…

NAMI Advocate says NO to supporting Childhood Bullycide Prevention Effort: Are pro-Treatment Advocates failing to recognize where Prevention Efforts must begin?

THIS POST CONTAINS AN OPEN LETTER TO HUFFINGTON POST EDITORS AND FOUNDER OF MENTAL ILLNESS POLICY ORG,  Dj JAFFE by Maria Mangicaro The opinions expressed on this post are those of the authors, and do not reflect in any way those of the collaborations of ISEPP members. TAMPA, FL:  This month’s media alerts on the circumstances surrounding the tragic suicide of 12-year-old Rebecca…

Tenderhearted Tales in “Mommy, I Wish I Could Tell You What They Did To Me In School Today”

Posted by Maria Mangicaro The book “Mommy, I Wish I Could Tell You What They Did To Me In School Today” is one of the most tenderhearted books I have ever read.   Author Richard Stripp recently spoke at Justice for Corey, a New York Rally organized to call attention to the dangers students with special needs face and I…

Dark Side of Serbian Mental Institutions

BELGRADE, Serbia — A generation ago, mentally disabled people were often quietly sent away to bleak  government institutions, left to live out their days on the isolated fringes of society. But the scenes you are watching are not from that era, they’re playing out now, day after day, halfway across the world. Children and adults given up…

State Anti-Bullying Laws and School Policies: Why are we still failing to protect children like Rebecca Ann Sedwick and Bart Palosz?

Posted by Maria Mangicaro Bullying Prevention Advocate mangicaro829@aol.com LAKELAND, FL:  The State of Florida has one of the best-written and most comprehensive anti-bullying laws in the nation.   In 2008, Florida’s legislature unanimously passed the “Jeffrey Johnston Stand Up for All Students Act” (Fl. Stat. section 1006.147), and it was signed into law by Gov. Charlie…

ISEPP 2013: Transforming ‘The Bully’ with Jeanne Seitler, Psy.D.

Title of Presentation:  Transforming ‘The Bully’ where the s/he lives… inside the school, the neighborhood, the family, and within each of us. Summary of Presentation: Bullying dynamics will be “unpacked” using the keys of attachment theory and neuropsychological research.  Effective intervention techniques gleaned from Transactional Analysis (TA) and applied to the topic of bullying will…

October 10, 2013: Invitation to Light Up the World Purple for Amanda and the largest Mental Health & Anti-Bullying Campaign

Posted by Maria Mangicaro In the wake of the growing number of school shootings, the evidence of over-medicating children in foster care, the alarming incidents of the use of child restraints in schools and the shocking cases of bullycides, ISEPP’s conference organizers placed a priority on developing our annual conference around child-centered topics. As a…

2013 World Suicide Prevention Day and the Possible Bullycide of 12-year-old Rebecca Ann Sedwick

Posted by Maria Mangicaro LAKELAND, FL – The ISEPP 2013 conference will focus on issues involving the mental health of children and adolescents.   Among ISEPP’s diverse membership are educators and school psychologists who research and implement bullying prevention programs. Bullying prevention is a subject that ISEPP members are very concerned with and it is…

The Glamorization of “Mental Illness” Feeds Stigma: A Mother’s Open Letter to Vs Magazine Re Stigma Eva Mendes

Posted by Maria Mangicaro Susannah Cahalan’s memoir “Brain on Fire” chronicles her experience of suffering psychotic symptoms as a result an underlying autoimmune disease known as anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis. As Susannah’s condition moved inexplicably from violent behavior to catatonia, $1 million worth of blood tests and brain scans seemed worthless.  Her doctors were ready to commit…

Child psychiatrist Stanley Greenspan, M.D and Floortime Therapy for Autism

Posted by Maria Mangicaro Floortime therapy derives from the Developmental Individual-difference Relationship-based model (DIR) created by child psychiatrist Stanley Greenspan, M.D. Its premise is that adults can help children expand their circles of communication by meeting them at their developmental level and building on their strengths. According to the organization Greenspan Floortime Approach, the technique challenges children with…

Considering the Death of Rebecca Riley and the Value of ISEPP’s 16th Annual Conferences

Posted by Maria Mangicaro BACKGROUND of REBECCA RILEY Rebecca Riley (April 11, 2002 – December 13, 2006), the daughter of Michael and Carolyn Riley and resident of Hull, Massachusetts, was found dead in her home after prolonged exposure to various medications, her lungs filled with fluid. The medical examiner’s office determined the girl died from “intoxication due…

ISEPP 2013 Conference presenter Robert Whitaker on Anatomy of an Epidemic

If you want to learn more about safe, effective, life-enhancing ways of helping people who are diagnosed with mental disorders and spend a couple of energizing and inspirational days with other people who are fighting biopsychiatry, come to the 2013 conference of the International Society for Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry (ISEPP). We’ll be meeting at…

NAMI Pandemonium over an Analytical Approach: Is the national alliance advocating through Critical Thinking, or Blind Faith?

“Mad” and “Crazy” Blog Wars – Part IV DEFINITIONS: e pluribus unum Latin: one out of many: the motto of the USA. phys·i·ol·o·gy (physis), meaning “nature, origin”, and (-logia), meaning “study of 1. The biological study of the functions of living organisms and their parts, 2. All the functions of a living organism or any…

ISEPP (formerly ICSPP) Members 2008 FOX News interview: topic of “Too Many Kids on Psych Meds” during our Tampa International Conference

Posted by Maria Mangicaro Six months after ISEPP (formerly ICSPP) members spoke out about too many kids on psych drugs, especially children in Florida’s foster care system, Florida Department of Children and Families Secretary, George H. Sheldon, appointed the Gabriel Myers Work Group to analyze and make recommendations regarding Gabriel Myers, a 7-year-old in foster…

ISEPP Members welcome First-time Conference Presenter, mental health advocate Giovan Bazan

The 16th Annual Conference of the INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR ETHICAL PSYCHOLOGY AND PSYCHIATRY, INC. “Rethinking Mental Health Care for Children & Adolescents:  Evidence-Based and Experienced-Based Alternatives to the Medical Model” taking place November 1-3, 2013 at the Embassy Suites (Airport) – Greensboro, NC ISEPP members warmly welcome first-time conference presenter, Giovan Bazan. To learn more about our upcoming…

GET OUT of my KITCHEN: reactions to a loving mother’s vehement complaint to blogger Pete Earley

By Maria Mangicaro ISEPP Volunteer mangicaro829@aol.com  “Mad” and “Crazy” Blog Wars Part III GET OUT of my KITCHEN:  reactions to a loving mother’s mother’s vehement complaint to Pete Earley Definitions ac·cu·rate 1. Conforming exactly to fact; errorless. 2. Deviating only slightly or within acceptable limits from a standard. 3. Capable of providing a correct reading or measurement:…

“Drug-Induced Dementia: a perfect crime” by ISEPP member Dr. Grace Jackson

ISEPP member Dr. Grace E. Jackson is a board-certified psychiatrist and internationally renowned lecturer, writer, and forensic consultant, she has submitted testimony to governmental agencies and authorities on behalf of patients’ rights, medical ethics, and health care reform, and she has served as an expert witness for the Law Project for Psychiatric Rights (a non-profit organization…

“Mad” and “Crazy” Blog Wars: Part II

A Rose By Any Other Color:  understanding the confusing process of labeling and treating “mental illness” Definitions Psychology:   literally means, “study of the soul” and has many different branches that have emerged to in order to explore different topics and perspectives. 1.the science of the mind or of mental states and processes. 2. the science of human and animal behavior. 3. the sum or characteristics of the mental states and processes of a person or class of persons, or ofthe mental states and processes involved in a field of activity: the psychology of a soldier; thepsychology of politics. 4. mental ploys or strategy: He used psychology onhis parents to get a larger allowance. Psychiatry:  literally means the ‘medical treatment of the soul’ The branch…

12 year old Testifies at 2011 US Senate Hearing about labeling children in our foster care system “mentally ill”

Twelve-year-old Ke’onte Cook Testifies in US Senate Hearing Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services, and International Security Ke’onte says, “About a year after I was adopted I found out I was on twenty different drugs total, and sometimes I took up to five drugs at one time. … Some of the things I…

Psychiatrist Phil Sinaikin, ISEPP 2011 Conference presenter and author of PSYCHIATRYLAND: How to develop a Personal Plan for Optimal Mental Health

In Psychiatryland, Dr. Phillip Sinaikin teaches you why mental healthcare in America has come to be totally dominated by the so-called medical model of mental illness and how this can be dangerous to both your mental and physical health.  Geared toward consumers, Sinaikin shows that psychiatry as it is practiced today is not a progressive medical science, but rather a…

Journalist Alison Bass – ISEPP 2009 Conference presenter and author of, Side Effects: A Prosecutor, a Whistleblower, and A Bestselling Antidepressant on Trial

“In Side Effects, Alison Bass, an investigative journalist who has covered medicine, science, and technology for The Boston Globe and other publications, tells the story of how pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline systematically misled physicians and consumers about the safety and efficacy of Paxil, a popular antidepressant.” It’s a very complicated issue, and the author conveyed this like a mystery story,”…

Robert Whitaker – 2011 Gaithersburg Book Festival Featured Author

Uploaded on Aug 4, 2011 Robert Whitaker is the author of “Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America” (Crown). Whitaker has won numerous awards as a journalist covering medicine and science, including the George Polk Award for Medical Writing and a National Association for Science Writers’…

Opportunity to Contribute to an INTERNATIONAL STUDY ONLINE!

An ISEPP Faceboook Fan writes in: Seeking UNDERGRADUATE and GRADUATE STUDENTS of MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONS in the UNITED STATES and SOUTH AFRICA   Hello! My name is Yaritza Gómez-Nacht and I am a doctoral candidate in the International Psychology Program at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.  I’m conducting a research study online for my…

Occupational Therapist using Interactive Metronome to help children diagnosed with ADHD and Autism

What is Interactive Metronome (IM)? Interactive Metronome is an intensive computer based program used to improve a child’s processing abilities that affect attention, motor planning, sensory processing and sequencing. Goals of Interactive Metronome Improve independence with self-care activities Improve performance in sports and leisure activities Improve attention related to daily function Improve academic performance and…

Electroboy and “The Agenda” makes you think: Are there alternatives to Psychiatry’s “Medical Management of the Soul”?

Posted by Maria Mangicaro In this 2009 video, with over 1 million views, Andy Behrman, discusses his side effects from Abilify, the “wonder drug” of Bristol Myers Squibb.  Andy is a former spokesman for Abilify and Bristol Myers Squibb. Andy’s new book  Electroboy: A Memoir of Mania is described on Amazon as: an emotionally frenzied memoir…

Vatican Conference Examines the Harmful Effects of Psychiatric Medications on Children and Expectant Moms

  By Maria Mangicaro Vatican City:  An event six years in the making, “The Child as a Person and as a Patient: Therapeutic Approaches Compared,” took place last week in the Vatican City. The international conference examined the harmful effects of using prescription drugs rather than therapy to treat emotional disorders and symptoms considered to…

Update on David Oaks from MindFreedom

Greetings, No doubt many of you, if not most of you on this list know of David Oaks, MindFreedom’s co-founder, and his 40+ years of tireless dedication  to the movement for a non-violent revolution in the mental health system.  And no doubt you’re aware of his tragic accident last December that has left him paralyzed…

Spiritual Issues in Psychosis: Presented by Ron Unger, LCSW

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 1080 Emeline Ave., Large Auditorium **This training counts toward 6 hours of Cultural Competence credit** Santa Cruz, CA:  There will be 2 free, 6 hour seminars on alternative approaches to what gets called “psychosis” on April 8th and 9th, 2013!  These seminars will offer CEUs to…

ISEPP 2013 CONFERENCE: CALL FOR PAPERS

ISEPP Annual Conference Rethinking Mental Health Care for Children & Adolescents: evidence-based & experience-based alternatives to the medical model November 1-3 2013 Embassy Suites (Airport) – Greensboro NC CALL FOR PAPERS The International Society for Ethical Psychology & Psychiatry, Inc. is accepting proposals for presentations related to alternative approaches and perspectives in mental health care…

Free Event at the University at Buffalo Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention

Colloquium – Adolescent Social Drama: Is it Conflict, Aggression, Bullying, or Something Else? Katy Allen, Ph.D. President | Impact Training, Inc. February 28, 2013 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. (brown bag lunch; light refreshments provided) 120 Clemens Hall | UB North Campus Buffalo, NY (map) Students live in a complex social environment rife with peer…